Control as Movement

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  • Copyright: 2010-10-11
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The Movement Theory of Control (MTC) makes one major claim: that control relations in sentences like 'John wants to leave' are grammatically mediated by movement. This goes against the traditional view that such sentences involve not movement, but binding, and analogizes control to raising, albeit with one important distinction: whereas the target of movement in control structures is a theta position, in raising it is a non-theta position; however the grammatical procedures underlying the two constructions are the same. This book presents the main arguments for MTC and shows it to have many theoretical advantages, the biggest being that it reduces the kinds of grammatical operations that the grammar allows, an important advantage in a minimalist setting. It also addresses the main arguments against MTC, using examples from control shift, adjunct control, and the control structure of 'promise', showing MTC to be conceptually, theoretically, and empirically superior to other approaches.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Some historical backgroundp. 5
Introductionp. 5
What any theory of control should account forp. 5
Control in the standard-theory frameworkp. 6
Control in GBp. 9
Non-movement approaches to control within minimalismp. 16
The null-case approachp. 16
The Agree approachp. 20
Conclusionp. 35
Basic properties of the movement theory of controlp. 36
Introductionp. 36
Departing from the null hypothesis: historical, architectural, and empirical reasonsp. 37
Back to the future: elimination of DS and the revival of the null hypothesisp. 43
Controlled PROs as A-movement tracesp. 46
Configurational propertiesp. 47
Interpretive propertiesp. 49
Phonetic properties and grammatical statusp. 52
Conclusionp. 56
Empirical advantagesp. 59
Introductionp. 59
Morphological invisibilityp. 59
Interclausal agreementp. 60
Finite controlp. 63
Finite control and hyper-raisingp. 70
Finite control, islands, and intervention effectsp. 75
Summaryp. 79
The movement theory of control under the copy theory of movementp. 79
Adjunct control and sideward movementp. 83
The movement theory of control and morphological restrictions on copiesp. 98
Backward controlp. 102
Phonetic realization of multiple copies and copy controlp. 115
Conclusionp. 123
Empirical challenges and solutionsp. 125
Introductionp. 125
Passives, obligatory control, and Visser's generalizationp. 125
Relativizing A-movementp. 127
Impersonal passivesp. 132
Finite control vs. hyper-raisingp. 136
Nominals and controlp. 141
Finite control into noun-complement clauses in Brazilian Portuguesep. 142
Raising into nominals in Hebrewp. 147
The contrast between raising nominals and control nominals in Englishp. 149
Obligatory control and morphological casep. 152
Quirky case and the contrast between raising and control in Icelandicp. 152
Apparent case-marked PROsp. 160
The minimal-distance principle, control shift, and the logic of minimalityp. 169
Control with promise-type verbsp. 171
Control shiftp. 176
Summaryp. 181
Partial and split controlp. 182
Partial controlp. 183
Split controlp. 190
Conclusionp. 194
On non-obligatory controlp. 195
Introductionp. 195
Obligatory vs. non-obligatory control and economy computationsp. 196
Some problemsp. 202
A proposalp. 204
Conclusionp. 209
Some notes on semantic approaches to controlp. 210
Introductionp. 210
General problems with selectional approaches to obligatory controlp. 210
"Simpler syntax"p. 216
Some putative problems for the movement theory of controlp. 217
Challenges for "Simpler syntax"p. 226
Conclusionp. 237
The movement theory of control and the minimalist programp. 238
Introductionp. 238
Movement within minimalism and the movement theory of controlp. 239
The movement theory of control and the minimalsit architecture of UGp. 241
Inclusiveness, bare phrase structure, and the movement theory of controlp. 245
Conclusionp. 248
Referencesp. 250
Indexp. 261
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